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Love's Shadow

Ada Leverson (1862-1933)

1. Chapter 1: Hyacinth
2. Chapter 2: The Anxieties of Sir Charles
3. Chapter 3: Anne Yeo
4. Chapter 4: The Sound Sense of Lady Cannon
5. Chapter 5: A Proposal
6. Chapter 6: The Little Ottleys
7. Chapter 7: Hyacinth's Little Dinner
8. Chapter 8: Lord Selsey
9. Chapter 9: The Peculiarities of Raggett
10. Chapter 10: A Musical Afternoon
11. Chapter 11: The Troubles of the Ottleys
12. Chapter 12: At the National Gallery
13. Chapter 13: More of the Little Ottleys
14. Chapter 14: Lady Cannon's Visit
15. Chapter 15: Raggett in Love
16. Chapter 16: Archie
17. Chapter 17: Bruce's Play
18. Chapter 18: Hyacinth Waits
19. Chapter 19: Eugenia
20. Chapter 20: Bruce Has Influenza
21. Chapter 21: Engaged
22. Chapter 22: The Strange Behaviour of Anne
23. Chapter 23: Bruce Convalescent
24. Chapter 24: The Wedding
25. Chapter 25: Accounts
26. Chapter 26: Confidences
27. Chapter 27: Miss Wrenner
28. Chapter 28: Anne Returns
29. Chapter 29: The Ingratitude of Mitchell
30. Chapter 30: Mitchell Behaves Decently
31. Chapter 31: Jane's Sister
32. Chapter 32: The Drive
33. Chapter 33: The Quarrel
34. Chapter 34: Anne and Eugenia
35. Chapter 35: That Woman
36. Chapter 36: Raggett's Sense of Humour
37. Chapter 37: Sir Charles
38. Chapter 38: Rehearsing
39. Chapter 39: The Solution

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Summary

The first in a trilogy of books known together as 'The Little Ottleys', this is a sparkling social comedy set in Edwardian London. Ada Leverson was a great friend and staunch supporter of Oscar Wilde and shared his love for sharp, witty writing. Like Wilde, her work is characterised by a wonderful ear for dialogue and deft characterization. 'Love's Shadow' introduces us to Bruce and Edith Ottley and their friends, who are to all appearances living the bright and carefree lives of the well-to-do. But there are cracks appearing in the facade. Bruce is staggeringly self-obsessed, a hypochondriac and a spendthrift, and Edith must learn to manage her stubborn, exasperating husband. Meanwhile their friends attempt to navigate the rocky rapids of love and marriage with varying degrees of success, and keep us thoroughly entertained along the way. ( Helen Taylor)